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1. The present Protocol shall be open for signature at the Headquarters of the Organisation from 1 March 1989 to 28 February 1990 and shall thereafter remain open for accession. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 3, States may express their consent to be bound by the present Protocol by:
2. Ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument to that effect with the Secretary-General of the Organisation.
3. The present Protocol may be signed without reservation, ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to only by States which have signed without reservation, ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to the Convention.
1. The present Protocol shall enter into force twelve months after the date on which both the following conditions have been met:
provided that the present Protocol shall not enter into force before 1 February 1992.
2. For States which have deposited an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in respect of the present Protocol after the conditions for entry into force thereof have been met but prior to the date of entry into force, the ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall take effect on the date of entry into force of the present Protocol or three months after the date of deposit of the instrument, whichever is the later date.
3. Any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited after the date on which the present Protocol enters into force shall take effect three months after the date of deposit.
1. The present Convention may be denounced by any Party at any time after the expiry of five years from the date on which the present Protocol enters into force for that Party.
2. Denunciation shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of denunciation with the Secretary-General of the Organisation.
3. A denunciation shall take effect one year, or such longer period as may be specified in the instrument of denunciation, after its receipt by the Secretary-General of the Organisation.
4. A denunciation of the Convention by a Party shall be deemed to be a denunciation of the present Protocol by that Party. Such denunciation shall take effect on the same date as denunciation of the Convention takes effect according to paragraph (3) of article XXX of the Convention.
1. The present Protocol and, as between the Parties to the present Protocol, the Convention may be amended by either of the procedures specified in the following paragraphs.
2. Amendments after consideration within the Organisation:
3. Amendment by a conference:
4. (a) A Party to the present Protocol which has accepted an amendment referred to in sub-paragraph 2(f)(ii) which has entered into force shall not be obliged to extend the benefit of the present Protocol in respect of the certificates issued to a ship entitled to fly the flag of a State Party which, pursuant to the provisions that subparagraph, has objected to the amendment and has not withdrawn such an objection, in so far as such certificates relate to matters covered by the amendment in question.
(b) A Party to the present Protocol which has accepted an amendment referred to in subparagraph 2(f)(ii) which has entered into force shall extend the benefit of the present Protocol in respect of the certificates issued to a ship entitled to fly the flag of a State Party which, pursuant to the provisions of subparagraph (2)(g)(ii), has notified the Secretary-General of the Organisation that it exempts itself from giving effect to the amendment.
5. Unless expressly provided otherwise, any amendment made under this Article which relates to the structure of a ship shall apply only to ships the keels of which are laid or which are at a similar stage of construction, on or after the date on which the amendment comes into force.
6. Any declaration of acceptance of, or objection to, an amendment or any notice given under sub-paragraph (2)(g)(ii) shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary-General of the Organisation, who shall inform all Parties to the present Protocol of any such submission and the date of its receipt.
7. The Secretary-General of the Organisation shall inform all Parties to the present Protocol of any amendments which enter into force under this article, together with the date on which each such amendment enters into force.
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